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Take a Pair of Sparkling Eyes

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Opera title:

The Gondoliers


Arthur Sullivan




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Previous scene: Rising Early in the Morning
Next scene: When a Merry Maiden Marries

The Gondoliers (Act 2) - D'Oyly Carte (1961)(w Dialog) - Godfrey, Reed - G&S

Singer(s): George Cook Kenneth Sandford Alan Styler Jeffrey Skitch John Reed Thomas Round

"The Gondoliers" was the twelfth of fourteen operas from Gilbert and Sullivan's collaboration, followed only by "Utopia, Ltd." and "The Grand Duke". It opened at the Savoy Theatre on December 7, 1889, and ran for 554 performances.
(Information from album notes, Oak Apple Press, and Wikipedia.)

This release contains the complete dialog.

Link to Act 1
Some selected song timings:

Rising early in the morning 04:04-06:50
Take a pair of sparkling eyes 07:40-10:50
Dance a cachucha 15:04-16:50
In contemplative fashion 25:39-27:54
To help unhappy commoners 35:25-38:38


The Duke of Plaza-Toro--------------John Reed
(A Grandee of Spain)
Luiz------------------------------------------Jeffrey Skitch
(His Attendant)
Don Alhambra----------------------------Kenneth Sandford
(The Grand Inquisitor)
Marco Palmieri-------}-------------------Thomas Round
Giuseppe Palmieri--}-------------------Alan Styler
Antonio------------------}Venetian------Michael Wakeham
Francesco--------------}Gondoliers---Joseph Riordan
Giorgio-------------------}-------------------George Cook
Annibale-----------------}-------------------Michael Wakeham
The Duchess of Plaza-Toro-----------Gillian Knight
Casilda---------------------------------------Jennifer Toye
(Her Daughter)
Gianetta------------------}-------------------Mary Sansom
Tessa---------------------}-------------------Joyce Wright
Fiametta-----------------}Contadine-----Dawn Bradshaw
Vittoria--------------------}-------------------Ceinwen Jones
Giulia----------------------}-------------------Daphne Gill
Inez--------------------------------------------Jeanette Roach
(The King's Foster-mother)

The D'Oyly Carte Opera Chorus
The New Symphony Orchestra Of London
Conducted by Isidore Godfrey

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